Silent Service: Hata

Tautog! Do you need some help?

I’m fine. Thanks! Plus, you’re already gonna be helping me tons today. I’m just trying to figure out what’s the best way to organize what we’ve got today.

Um, I think maybe we should tell my story first, and then get into the history stuff. It kind of explains why the NKT acted the way they did. 

But, if on the other hand people generally don’t know about Japanese submarine doctrine, then I think it’ll make sense to explain as we go along.

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Shipgirls aren’t ships (redux)

Hi! 

First of all, as a gentle reminder, it’s winter flu/sickness season! Please be sure to take care of yourself, drink plenty of savory soups, and head to bed early. Trust me, you don’t want to catch what some of the team’s suffering through right now!

Secondly, I thought I’d pop up and talk a bit about how we’re, well, sorta not ships. You know we’ve talked about the strategies that are involved, or how we can turn around and aim and stuff.

But, I think today maybe we should look at the distinctive “thing” about us shipgirls (our equipment, gear, rigging, whatever the kids are calling it these days) that separates us from other heroic entities and characters in, well, these sorts of stories. 

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Lens of History (34): Letters from Yamashiro

STEC Archives, Print Document Division
Curator signature: Tautog
Secondary Curator signature: Shinano no-kami
Format: Message, Personal Object
Object: Collection, Personal Correspondences of New Jersey
Location (if known): STEC Archives
Time (if known): Undated 
(Suspected to be sometimes prior to 1970? Or earlier?)

Curator’s notes:

Several personal messages addressed to Jer. First three letters appear to be from [——————-]. Next appears to be from [———-], followed by two more from [———–].

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